Why I Won’t (Yet) Recommend 988 as a Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resource

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From Medium/Vic Welle: “A lot of people might be surprised to hear that I am not recommending 988, the newly implemented ‘mental health 911’ number, as a resource for people who are experiencing emotional distress or thoughts of suicide. After all, I’ve spent the past several years as a peer support worker, using my own lived experience of healing from trauma as a way to connect with and support people coping with emotional distress. I regularly talk with people who are contemplating suicide, recovering from traumatic events, and working through emotional crisis. Why would I not be excited to promote a new resource for people to access mental health support?

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